Apr 5, 2017

DARPA completes testing hybrid VTOL X-Plane

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April 5 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed a round of testing for its vertical takeoff and landing X-Plane program.

The agency began testing for the program in March 2016 using sub-scale aircraft developed and fabricated by Aurora Flight Sciences. The platform is comprised of 24 electric ducted fans, 18 of which are distributed within the main wings. The remaining six are placed in the canard surfaces.

DARPA officials said the successful trials bring the agency closer to presenting a vertical takeoff and landing craft able to fly faster than existing hover-capable craft.

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